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Title: Women's civil society organisations and the gender dynamics of peacebuilding : collective agency, practice, and strategy in Colombia and Northern Ireland
Author: De La Torre, Alexandra
ISNI:       0000 0004 5372 7350
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2015
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This thesis investigates the complex dynamics embedded in the intersection of gender, peacebuilding, and collective agency. The central purpose of this thesis is to expand the overall analysis and understanding of women's roles in peacebuilding. This research analyses WCSOs' practices and strategies to achieve an inclusive peace. It interrogates the specificity of women's collective actions and agency and assesses WCSOs strategies to generate inclusive gender outcomes within the social, structural, and political dimensions of peacebuilding. By looking at peacebuilding as an ongoing process that can happen before, during, and after the outbreak of an armed conflict and peace process, this research highlights the importance of considering the diffuse and unclear boundaries between conflict and post-conflict. In doing so, this study brings to the fore and 'uncovers WCSOs' bottom-up practices and collective actions aimed at creating infrastructures for conflict transformation and the achievement of an inclusive peace that is meaningful for women. By focusing on the context of armed conflict in Colombia and relative peace in Northern Ireland, this research examines the circumstances in which WCSOs' peacebuilding practices in both regions have taken place since the 1990s, a period during which political processes made significant progress towards ending armed conflict and social unrest that escalated during what was termed as "La Violencia" in one region, and "The Troubles" in the other. The empirical analysis of this thesis is primarily based on women's accounts of the gender dynamics that shape women's organizing, collective actions, and agency. These were collected through a series of semi-structured interviews undertaken with women leaders of WCSOs in various regions of Colombia and locations in Northern Ireland. Drawing on these accounts, the thesis aims to reveal what constitutes the specificity of WCSOs' collective action and agency in peacebuilding
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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